Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Restoration: It's a Messy Business Pt. 1

Restoration is one of the fun things about collecting typewriters. You can take something that is a little rough and make it shine. I recently obtained an Underwood Universal and while it looks like it's in descent shape, I think it can look a little better.

In a series of posts I am going to take you step-by-step through the restoration process that I use to make this typewriter look awesome.

Let's start by looking at this particular Underwood Universal:

Part of the challenge for this restoration is the decal touch-up. I have a few new techniques I am going to try. I look forward to sharing all my tips and secrets with everyone in the Typosphere.

Next: Evaluation


  1. Great! Looking forward to this series.

  2. Nice looking Underwood. I look forward to you series. My biggest fear is ruining a decal.

  3. Sweet Underwood!
    Looking forward to the series
    *whips out pen and paper and maybe a pair of glasses*

  4. Awww, I'm disappointed! I thought I was going to get to see the restoration, like, right now!!! I feel this way when a TV show announces, "continued next week"! Guess I'll just have to wait!

  5. Looks pretty nice already.

    Decals are something I know very little about. I look forward to learning.